Tomato Clownfish (Amphiprion frenatus)
Scientific Name: Amphiprion frenatus
About the Tomato Clownfish
Species Type: Saltwater Fish
Category: Clownfish, Chromis, & Damselfish
Care Level: Easy. Ships well and acclimates well to the home aquarium. Accepts dried foods eagerly and quickly after acclimation. Is resistant to disease. An overall good choice for the new saltwater hobbyist.
Origin: Indo- pacific
Notes: As with most clownfish the Tomato Clownfish is best kept singly unless a pair is introduced together. It may attack other clownfishes and nip at passive tank-mates who wonder near its host anemone or territory. Generally, it is a great fish for the reef aquarium and spends much of its time nestled peacefully in its anemone. If you plan to keep other clownfish, it is best to do it in a larger aquarium of 100 gallons or more and provide each clownfish, or pair of clownfish, with their own anemone. That way each fish has a comfortable home and quarrels will be reduced. Adding all of the clownfish at the same time will also help to reduce territorial disputes. The Tomato Clownfish does not require a host anemone for survival.
Specific gravity 1.020- 1.025, Minimum tank size 30 gallons
Tomato Clownfish Diet
Feed a varied diet of frozen carnivore and herbivore preparations including mysid shrimp, brine shrimp, chopped marine flesh, marine algae, and sometimes krill for it to feed the anemone with.
Minimum Tank Suggestion
Ideal water parameters for Tomato Clownfish
Marine fish are highly sensitive animals with very specific care requirements. Most all saltwater species will require similar water conditions, designed to replicate that of natural seawater. Ammonia and nitrite levels should absolute zero, temperature at 76F to 80F, and salinity at 1.024 to 1.026. Although some fish are tolerant of lower levels of Nitrate, the goal in every aquariums should be to keep Nitrate as close to zero as possible, and certainly under 20ppm. Finally, maintaining a stable pH of 8.0 to 8.4 is desired. Achieving this is made easier by monitoring alkalinity, which should be kept at 8-12 DKH, and calcium, which is targeted at 400 to 460ppm.
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